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Bridge in the Tri-Cities: Two Voids

Dealer:

South

Vul:

N/S

: void

: A8

: JT953

: A87432

: T7

: KQ432

: T7

: K9

: A8642

: KQ7

: KQ96

: JT5

: AJ9865

: QJ65432

: void

: void

Bidding:

S

W

N

E

1S

2D

P

3D

4H

All Pass

Opening Lead: Ace of diamonds.

A hand with two voids will come along about every 2.5 years for someone who plays three times a week like I do. I was way overdue as I had never had the pleasure in 50 years. I knew exactly what to do because I have imagined it many times.

The Bidding: Playing at the Oregon Trail Regional Tournament, my plan was to open with 1S and bid 4H at my next opportunity. The plan worked out very well!

The Play: The ace of diamonds was ruffed and two spades were ruffed on the board. I gave up two spades and the king of hearts.

Result: Making 4H was worth nine of 11 matchpoints. The opponents can do better by bidding 5D or 4NT, which when doubled only costs 500. Two pairs did not get to game. Not too unlikely since our side has only 17 of the 40 points.

The Richland Duplicate Bridge Club has a game at the Richland Community Center at 5:30 p.m. every Monday. The public is invited. We generally finish before 9:30 p.m. We also have a game on the first and third Friday at noon at the Old Country Buffet just south of the mall on Columbia Center Boulevard. Call Tom Edwards at 946-1824 for details.

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